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In today’s video Does MENOPAUSE Cause HAIR LOSS? Find out… , we discuss how women going through menopause are at risk for hair loss. Find out why this happens and how you can prevent it by watching the full video!
Hey guys Leon here from Hairguard.com, where people who are worried about their hair loss go to regrow their hair. Today I have a slightly different topic for you: female hair loss and its relation to the menopause. Did you know that less than 45% of women will go through life with a full head of hair? You heard that right. And the time in a woman’s life when she is most at risk for developing hair loss is the dreaded menopause. Stay tuned to find out why.
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Hair loss in women
So guys women tend to lose their hair in a very different manner to men. The typical progression of hair loss in women is referred to by scientists as “female pattern hair loss”. Whereas hair loss in men typically starts with a receding hairline and balding crown, women who lose their hair typically preserve their hair line. Instead of losing their hairline, their hair thins out uniformly over the top of the head. Unlike men, the crown thins out at the same rate as the top of the head, in a uniform oval shape. Depending on the degree of thinning, a woman’s hair loss will fall into one of three grades: grade 1 is moderate thinning, grade 2 is severe thinning and grade 3 is complete baldness on the top of the head. Unlike men who usually go completely bald with age, grade 3 baldness in women in uncommon.
But even though women are unlikely to lose their hair completely, even a moderate degree of thinning can have very negative psychological consequences. For whatever reasons, women’s self-esteem is more closely tied to their physical appearance. And hair is core to this appearance, impacting a woman’s self-perceived femininity, beauty, and sexuality. Also, while hair loss is socially acceptable and even expected of aging men, it is not something we are used to seeing in women.
And guys even though as a society we don’t expect to see women losing their hair, the cold hard numbers paint a different picture, one of a very widespread problem: by 29 years of age, 12% of women will develop female pattern baldness. This percentage will slowly rise to 25% by 49 years of age and 41% by 69 years, before leveling out to over 50% by 79 years.
Hair loss during the menopause
Now, how does all this relate to the menopause? A woman is considered to have entered the menopause when she goes for 12 months without a period. During the menopause the ovaries stop producing estrogens, the female hormones. This is associated with a whole host of symptoms, which collectively are referred to as climacteric syndrome. They include hot flushes, sweating, insomnia and vaginal problems. There may also be problems with the blood pressure and cardiac system, changes in bone density, as well as psychological problems, most notably mood disorders.
Now the drop in estrogen production leads to a shift in the circulating androgen to estrogen, or male to female hormone ratio. As a result of this some women may experience hair-related changes. The two main changes are a) an increase in facial hair and b) a loss of hair on the scalp. The elevated testosterone in the body is converted into Dihydrotestosterone, or DHT, and DHT has very different effect on facial vs scalp hair. While it promotes hair growth on the face, it shortens the growth phase of hair on the scalp. This results in a lower ratio of growing to resting hair, and eventually a thinner head of hair. The hair will typically thin out in the predictable female pattern boldness oval shape on the top of the head that we described earlier. Women who have already experienced some prior degree of hair loss may see this problem exacerbated during the menopause. But curiously, many women that experience hair loss during the menopause do not have elevated androgen ratios, suggesting that other mechanisms are involved. Scientists are not yet clear about what these other mechanisms could be.
This video is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure any disease.